Two more medals for gymnast Olsen
Five local athletes completed the first week of competition at the Canada Winter Games by reaching the medal podium.
Shallon Olsen added to her medal total Thursday, winning gold and bronze medals in event finals of the gymnastics competition in Halifax.
Olsen, a 10-year old Grade 5 student, had the top score of 14.6 on floor, topped Mikaela Gerber of Ontario by .15 points. Olsen shared the bronze medal on beam with Gerber, as both gymnasts scored 13.9, behind only gold medalist Sabrina Gill (14.85) of Ontario and Quebec’s Vivi Babalis (14.75).
Olsen also qualified for the event final on uneven bars, placing sixth among the eight finalists, 1.1 points away from a podium finish.
Devy Dyson of Delta placed sixth in a pair of event finals in men’s competition. He was just over a half-point away from a medal on pommel horse, and missed the podium by just .35 of a point on bars.
Team B.C. pulled off two upsets to win a men’s hockey gold medal for the first time in 32 years at the Canada Winter Games.
B.C. surprised Ontario 5-2 in a semifinal contest Thursday night in Halifax, then stunned Quebec 7-4 in the gold medal game Friday evening. B.C. had lost to both teams in round robin play, falling 5-4 in overtime to Quebec then getting stopped by Ontario 5-1.
Forward Nic Petan of North Delta had a huge game in Friday’s final, scoring the winning goal and assisting on four other tallies.
Also playing for B.C. at the tournament were defenceman Macoy Erkamps and goaltender Tristan Jarry, both of Delta.
Zac Leman of South Surrey settled for a gold medal in the squash tournament, as B.C. lost 4-0 to Ontario in the final Thursday afternoon. Leman lost his only match of the week while playing for gold, falling three games to two in the closest contest of the final.
In total, the 16-year-old Elgin Park Secondary student won five of six matches, including three victories in straight sets, and had a 17-6 won-lost record in games played.
Eric Hsu of Surrey was eliminated in the round-of-16 in the men’s singles badminton tournament. Hsu, an 18-year-old Earl Marriott Secondary student, opened with a 21-8, 21-7 victory over Tyler Comeau of the Northwest Territories, then handled Seth Rotondi of the Yukon. He was eliminated 10-21, 12-21 by Phillippe Gaumond of Quebec.
The mixed team competition will get underway tomorrow (Thursday).